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58 Living Wage Employers announced, Deborah LIttman shares the London story and we prepare for Living Wage Week.
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Cathedrals & commerce celebrate $19.80

Holy Trinity and Canterbury cathedrals along with WhereScape Software Ltd are among the new Living Wage Employers for 2016-17 celebrated for paying their staff and contracted workers a minimum of the Living Wage rate of $19.80 per hour from July 1. Newly accredited employers pictured above: Dean Jo Kelly-Moore of Trinity Cathedral (top left) and Rev. Dr Susan Adams (St Matthews-in-the-City); WhereScape CEO, Michael Whitehead (bottom left); and Bishop Victoria Matthews, Canterbury Transition Cathedral (bottom right).

Also newly accredited are: Auckland North Community & Development; Christian World Service; Headstart Early Learning Centre Ltd; Ponsonby Road Lounge Bar (Rotorua), New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Annual General Meeting - Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ
4.30-6.00pm, Friday, 19 August
Auckland: 646 Great South Rd (Bldg 2/Level 2)
Wellington: CTU Education House 178 Willis St
Or join by VC from your place!

Nominations are called for Governance Committee members representing faith, community and union streams.
Nominations close 5 August 2016.
For nomination forms, submissions and queries: annie.newman@livingwage.org.nz
Try to remember the 1st of September...
Join our People's Assembly in Auckland at St Matthew-in-the-City to call on mayoral Waitemata candidates to address the big Auckland issues: poverty wages, transport, housing and employment. Watch out for West and South assemblies too!
 
Wellington City Mayoral Forum all go!
 
Four Mayoral candidates in the Wellington City local body elections have confirmed they will attend the Living Wage Wellington Mayoral Candidates' forum on 1st September at the Wesley Church in Taranaki Street. 
 
We have made huge progress with Wellington City Council towards implementing the Living Wage, but there's still a long way to go. This is our opportunity to secure strong commitments to get the job done. We need to pack the Wesley Church and show the candidates that the people of Wellington are seeking their commitment to ensure every worker in the WCC workforce is lifted the the NZ Living Wage. 
 
1 September, 6-8pm, Wesley Church, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington. 
 
Local Living Wage networks are organising candidates' forums in Hutt City and Porirua. Dates and venues will be advised very soon. 
Deborah Littman from Metro Vancouver Alliance (above right wtih Ika's Laila Harre) is in New Zealand. On Wednesday, 6 July Deborah will speak at a public meeting in Wellington. Deborah was a leader in the successful campaign for London City Council to become a Living Wage council. More recently, she has been a leader in the successful campaign for Vancouver City Council to commit to becoming a Living Wage council. Hear Deborah talk about how successful community alliances have achieved these wins and what we learn for our campaigns.
 
St Peters on Willis, Willis Street, Wellington
Wednesday 6 July, 5.30-7.30


Lynn Frith of Auckland Central Methodist Parish (pictured above with Deborah Littman) has made a long term commitment to the Movement as part of the Living Wage faith group.  Now her parish has signed up, not just as a member, but also as an accredited Living Wage employer for 2016-17.

 
Members of Porirua Living Wage movement broke into applause on Wednesday evening, when Porirua City Councillors voted unanimously for an Annual Plan which includes $200,000 to lift the wages of the lowest paid directly-employed staff. This is the first win in the local campaign for Porirua to become a Living Wage council and a great first step for Porirua. 
 
Living Wage Hutt Valley has also take a step forward, as a result of successfully campaigning in the Annual Plan process. A delegation of Living Wage Hutt Valley leaders was invited by the Mayor to meet the CEO and begin a dialogue about the Living Wage. The meeting was a positive beginning and Hutt City staff will now prepare a report for council.
 
In Wellington the very first workers employed by contractors are set to receive a pay rise of around $3 an hour. Although there is still a long way to go before all Wellington City Council workers are on the NZ Living Wage, there is much to celebrate. 
Auckland Community Organiser, Cissy Rock, led a one day training for a team of leaders on the art of building a broad-based alliance for social justice.
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